L1 and L2 Combo CANOE CLASSES: Differ somewhat from the ACA
Model. Our L1 & L2 present similar material in 2 half day classes
rather than 2 full day classes. AC-CKAPCO
L3, L4 and L5 Canoe classes are the same as ACA Formats in
AC-CKAPCO L1 and L 2 Canoe
The L1 , (9 am until noon) L2
(noon until 4 pm) Combo Canoe Course is designed as a 7
hour program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill
acquisition including rescues for entry level Canoe
* CKAPCO provides the Tandem
Canoe, [solo canoe on request] paddle, pfd and rescue gear.
Participants can use their own equipment, but please let us
know. Students bring water bottles and lunch. Changing area
and bathrooms are on site.
None - designed for beginners
and novices. Participants should be physically able to
perform course content without assistance.
Course Duration: 7
or Riley’s Lock Seneca, MD,
Reston, VA .
1 Instructor to every 6
students (1: 6) / 2:12 with an additional instructor or
Successive Courses: L3
River Canoe, L4 WW Canoe, L5 Advanced WW Canoe
The following is a general
summary of course content. Both content and sequence of
instruction will be arranged to best fit the class needs,
class location and time allowances.
Note Solo Boats are
not part of L1 and L2 Classes without specific
Unload canoes and
instructors and participants
of the course with expectations and boundaries.
Sequence, class times, regrouping, alternate plans.
specifics/procedures, including toilet facilities
Jackets will be worn at all times while on the water.
3 Ws -
wind, waves & weather awareness
Environments; tide, current, traffic, Site specifics etc
Hypothermia: Brief discussion on H.E.L.P, HUDDLE
equipment, litter, access, private property, courtesy,
Alcohol/Chemical Substance abuse
hand & whistle signals
Equipment and Care – some info
covered at lunch break
Equipment: eye glass retainers, car key safety
parts, materials and flotation
parts, length and hand position, marking
(PFDs): fit and regulations Appropriate clothing, Shoes
that wont fall off
paddle, dry bags, water, food, sponge,
bailer, hat, whistle, foot wear, sunscreen, first aid kit
and location of equipment.
inspects any participant-owned gear
Warm up to
reduce injury -
paddling to warm up
Loading and unloading [get
help], racks, tie down
straps or line and knots to secure craft to vehicle
Launching/landing from shore or docks
rocking, balance, loose hips
How a tandem
canoe "works", communication, who does what and how.
with Switch, [rudder, pry correction]
Bow draw, Bow Cross
Stern Draw, Stern
Stern rudder and Pry
Initiation” Bow “Compliment”
Optional Strokes :
Forward and reverse quarter sweeps, abeam
draws, J strokes,
sculling strokes. Solo strokes when appropriate.
pivots in place R&L
moves sideways without headway R&L
Back: boat goes forward and back in a reasonably straight
stops within a reasonable distance
Wide Turns R&L
(Stern Initiation, Bow Static Draw and Xdraw introduced).
Paddling as a
group for a short tour
[student's on water rescues can be wet or dry depending on
weather & water temp.]
demo/discussion Wet exit, re-entry and
Sequence: Reach, Throw, Row & Go (RETHROG)
Priorities: People [rescuer, group, public, victim] boats &
How to empty a
canoe alone & with help, Swim and tow a swamped canoe
exit into water [no diving]
Boat over Boat
rescues and assisted re-entry
[optional side by side]
participants are instructed and practice how to do a
controlled capsize and an assisted and self rescue .
paddling alone - risks
Conclusion / Wrap-up
- Operation Paddle
limitations ,know your limits
further instruction, practice and experience
Need for First
Aid and CPR training
- 6P's: prior, proper planning prevents poor performance
Level 3 River
Canoe or retake the Combo
and Participation cards